THE DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS

SECTION 56

Kirtland, Ohio, June 1831

They shall know mine arm
Absurdity Intolerance 56:1-3

1 Hearken, O ye people who profess my name, saith the Lord your God; for behold, mine anger is kindled against the rebellious, and they shall know mine arm and mine indignation, in the day of visitation and of wrath upon the nations.

I'm God. Listen to me.

I'm angry at those who rebel.

They'll get to know my arm.

2 And he that will not take up his cross and follow me, and keep my commandments, the same shall not be saved.

Only my followers will be saved.

3 Behold, I, the Lord, command; and he that will not obey shall be cut off in mine own due time, after I have commanded and the commandment is broken.

Those who disobey me will be cut off (in my own due time).

I've changed my mind (and commandments)
Absurdity Intolerance 56:4-7

4 Wherefore I, the Lord, command and revoke, as it seemeth me good; and all this to be answered upon the heads of the rebellious, saith the Lord.

I command and revoke whenever I feel like it.

5 Wherefore, I revoke the commandment which was given unto my servants Thomas B. Marsh and Ezra Thayre, and give a new commandment unto my servant Thomas, that he shall take up his journey speedily to the land of Missouri, and my servant Selah J. Griffin shall also go with him.

So I'm revoking the commandment I gave Thomas B. Marsh and Ezra Thayre. [1]

6 For behold, I revoke the commandment which was given unto my servants Selah J. Griffin and Newel Knight, in consequence of the stiffneckedness of my people which are in Thompson, and their rebellions.

I'm also revoking the commandment that I gave to Selah J. Griffin and Newll Knight. [2]

7 Wherefore, let my servant Newel Knight remain with them; and as many as will go may go, that are contrite before me, and be led by him to the land which I have appointed.

Instead, Newell Knight will stay with the people in Thompson, Ohio, and lead them to Missouri after they repent.

I'll pay Joseph Smith back when he gets to Missouri
Absurdity 56:8-13

8 And again, verily I say unto you, that my servant Ezra Thayre must repent of his pride, and of his selfishness, and obey the former commandment which I have given him concerning the place upon which he lives.

Ezra Thayre must repent of his pride and selfishness, and obey the former commandment that I gave him.

9 And if he will do this, as there shall be no divisions made upon the land, he shall be appointed still to go to the land of Missouri;

If he does this, he'll still get to go to Missouri.

10 Otherwise he shall receive the money which he has paid, and shall leave the place, and shall be cut off out of my church, saith the Lord God of hosts;

Otherwise, the money he gave to the church will be returned to him and he'll be cut out of my church.

11 And though the heaven and the earth pass away, these words shall not pass away, but shall be fulfilled.

Heaven and earth may pass away, but these words won't. [3]

12 And if my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., must needs pay the money, behold, I, the Lord, will pay it unto him again in the land of Missouri, that those of whom he shall receive may be rewarded again according to that which they do;

13 For according to that which they do they shall receive, even in lands for their inheritance.

If Joseph Smith, Jun. returns the money to Ezra Thayre,

then I, the Lord, will reimburse Joseph Smith in Missouri.

Wo to the rich who won't help the poor
Absurdity Intolerance Good Stuff 56:14-20

14 Behold, thus saith the Lord unto my people - you have many things to do and to repent of; for behold, your sins have come up unto me, and are not pardoned, because you seek to counsel in your own ways.

15 And your hearts are not satisfied. And ye obey not the truth, but have pleasure in unrighteousness.

This is what I, the Lord, say to my people: You must repent because you have decided for yourselve what to do.

16 Wo unto you rich men, that will not give your substance to the poor, for your riches will canker your souls; and this shall be your lamentation in the day of visitation, and of judgment, and of indignation: The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and my soul is not saved!

Wo to rich men who won't help the poor.

Your riches will canker your souls.

17 Wo unto you poor men, whose hearts are not broken, whose spirits are not contrite, and whose bellies are not satisfied, and whose hands are not stayed from laying hold upon other men's goods, whose eyes are full of greediness, and who will not labor with your own hands!

Wo to the poor, whose bellies aren't satisfied, and who refuse to work with their hands.

18 But blessed are the poor who are pure in heart, whose hearts are broken, and whose spirits are contrite, for they shall see the kingdom of God coming in power and great glory unto their deliverance; for the fatness of the earth shall be theirs.

19 For behold, the Lord shall come, and his recompense shall be with him, and he shall reward every man, and the poor shall rejoice;

But blessed are the poor whose hearts are broken,

for the fatness of the earth shall be theirs.

20 And their generations shall inherit the earth from generation to generation, forever and ever. And now I make an end of speaking unto you. Even so. Amen.

And that's all I have to say about that.

Amen.